If you are operating a boat in QLD with a motor greater than 4.5kW (6 HP) you must have a licence and you must have a personal watercraft (PWC) licence to operate a personal watercraft (such as jet skis).
A licence is require in Tasmania when operating a vessel with a motor of 4hp or greater. As of 1st November, 2004 the way a person gets a motor boat licence in Tasmania has changed.
As of 1 April 2008, every skipper of a registerable recreational vessel powered by a motor greater than 6 hp will be required to hold a Recreational Skipper’s Ticket.
If you are operating a boat with a motor you must have a licence. This is regardless of size of the boat or the engine, or whether the engine is being used at the time.
If you are going to be driving a boat that will travel at 10 knots (18kms/hr) or more then you will need to get a boat licence.
If you are operating a boat with a motor you must have a licence. Getting your boat licence is a two step process, similar to getting your car drivers licence.